No, disability benefits will not be approved if the individual’s only disability is drug or alcohol addiction. However, if an individual has other independent impairments that render him/her disabled when combined with the drug or alcohol addiction, then benefits may be awarded for those medical conditions, although payees may be mandated.
Yes. In fact, we recommend that you do not wait until Worker’s Compensation benefits end before filing for SS disability, because individuals have been able to receive payments under both programs in many instances.
Yes, so long as gross earnings are below a specified amount. If you experience medical improvement, unlimited earnings are allowed for up to 9 months while disability benefits will still continue under a Trial Work Period.
Normally cases are handled on a contingency basis, where representatives will only receive a fee if your case is won. The typical fee is 25% of your back benefits only, and must be approved by Social Security. If there are any incidental costs or expenses, you will always be notified in advance.
The important thing to remember is that you can get experienced legal aid even if you don’t currently have money.